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Human Resources Officer (part time)

Closing date: 20th March 2023

Contract: 15 hours per week (over 2 or 3 days)

Salary: circa £14,190 (FTE £35,000)

The Mary Rose Trust is a charity set up in 1979 to raise Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. It is forty years since she was raised and the Mary Rose is now displayed alongside thousands of her artefacts in an award winning Museum within the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 2023 is an exciting year for the Mary Rose as we launch our 4D ‘Dive the Mary Rose’ Experience.  

This is a key role for The Mary Rose Trust, where you will be working with our team of 70 employees including full time, part time and casual roles.  As a public facing organisation our staff are key to everything we do.

The key responsibilities within this role include:

  • Manage, develop and implement the HR policies and processes for the Trust including recruitment, induction, training, absence, wellbeing and performance management.
  • Ensure effective systems are in place to provide a quality, compliant and responsive HR service, including maintaining an up-to-date employee handbook.
  • Advise the executive team on employment law and best practice with support from external HR consultant. 
  • Work with the admin assistant to ensure staff HR records are kept up to date and accurate.
  • Work closely with Finance on all payroll matters.
  • Ensure compliance with UKGDPR, making and implementing recommendations and providing training where necessary.


We are looking for a HR Generalist (CIPD Level 5) with a keen eye for operational HR excellence and people skills to ensure that we provide the best possible working environment and HR support for our staff to deliver the Mary Rose experience.

You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills together with the ability to juggle multiple priorities and to work both independently and as part of a small team.


Please email your CV to [email protected] with a covering letter, closing date is Monday 20th March. Anticipated interview date 29th March 2023.

Please note this role is subject to basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of Naval Base Security Clearance.

Part Time and Weekend Only Visitor Experience Team Members

Closing Date: Sunday 5th March

Contract: Part Time/Weekend

Salary: £9.50ph (£10.90 from 1st April)

We are excited to offer an opportunity for new Visitor Experience Team Members to join our world-class Mary Rose Museum situated in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  We are looking for passionate individuals to welcome our guests with high levels of customer service and interaction to bring to life the 500-year-old iconic Mary Rose ship and over 19,000 objects.

As part of your role, you will be responsible for

  • Welcoming guests into the Museum – Checking and Upselling tickets
  • Promote and Upsell Tours and Guidebooks
  • Marshall our ‘decks’ interacting and supporting the customers journey through the Museum
  • Support interactive events hosted through the year
  • Maintain a high cleanliness level across the Museum
  • Occasional support of corporate evening events
  • Work within the retail shop


As a confident communicator you will be comfortable engaging with visitors to consistently exceed their expectations whilst ensuring that commercial targets are achieved.

Our Visitor Experience Team Members also have an opportunity to work within the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre where you will spend time greeting visitors at the start of their visit creating a great first impression.  Whilst working on the tills offering information and selling tickets promoting the Mary Rose and NMRN attractions available.

We have vacancies for part time and/or weekend only staff members.

Interested? Please email your CV to [email protected] with a short covering letter explaining why you are the best candidate, outlining your previous experience in customer facing roles, why you are interested in the position and indicating your general availability (including weekends and evenings).

Interviews will take place between 8th and 14th March. Contracts will begin on 28th March with a two-day induction training session.

Please Note:  This role is subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of Naval Base Security Clearance. 

Academic opportunities

Postgraduate placements, Internships and PHD projects

Unfortunately we do not currently have any academic opportunities available.

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Join our award-winning team of volunteers

‘Being a volunteer is a privilege to be able to share knowledge of the Mary Rose to a large variety of visitors from all over the World.  It is interesting, fun and tremendously satisfying to be part of the team.’

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Museum volunteer

We're looking for volunteers to help join our Front of House museum team as they welcome visitors to the Mary Rose museum.

Working within the galleries, you will engage and support a diverse range of visitors, sharing facts about the ship and its collection and helping to bring the museum experience to life.  You will also have the opportunity to volunteer alongside our Events Team and support our Learning Centre Team.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people of all ages, so whether you are a student or retired, everyone is welcome! 

As part of our training scheme you will undergo an initial induction, shadow an existing volunteer, and full support and ongoing training will also be provided.

Family Activity Volunteer

As a member of our enthusiastic team of Mary Rose volunteers, you will support our visitor experience by delivering family activities and workshops based in our Learning Centre one weekend per month and during school holidays

While no previous knowledge or experience is necessary, we hope you will have an interest in working with children and young people, are creative, and have an enthusiasm for engaging with others.  You will have the confidence and ability to talk to family groups and to supervise fun, hands-on activities.   There may be an opportunity to plan and develop family activities and workshops in the future.

We give a full museum, health and safety and security induction to new volunteers

Each year we organise an extensive training program which volunteers take part in to refresh their knowledge which will include Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training

We ask for a minimum of one day a week during school holidays (between 11:00 – 4pm) and one day, one weekend a month

To apply for the role, please contact us via [email protected] and we will arrange a date for you to come in for an interview for the role.  Once an interview is completed, we will then require two references for you before you can start.

Mary Rose Information Group Speaker

Part time/On demand

We want to share the history of the Mary Rose with as many people as possible, but not everyone can make it to Portsmouth. The Mary Rose Information Group is a group of volunteer speakers who give talks on the Mary Rose to U3A, Probus Clubs, historical societies and other interested groups.

Our aim is to have speakers all around the country so we can share the history of the ship and her crew with as many communities as possible. We are always on the lookout for new speakers so why not join them?

Talks can be requested for any day of the week and at various times, but you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not you can fit it into your schedule.  

We will provide you with a standard PowerPoint presentation to help you get started, which you would be welcome to add to with your own research as you learn more.

Depending on bookings, you may only do 1 or 2 talks a month. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us, are aged over the age of 16 and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week we would like to hear from you. 

Fill out this form, and let us know you are interested. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch within a few days.